Current Sermon Series

Reveal - Pictures of the Kingdom 

 

Jesus had a reputation for many things, one of which was teaching with parables. A parable is like a good joke – you shouldn’t have to explain it for someone to get it. But Jesus’ parables didn’t make everyone laugh. For some, they amounted to a pointed warning and even a rebuke. Among the 65 parables found in the gospels are some specifically given to help reveal the nature of the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus began them by saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like…” These parables teach us essential truths about the kingdom. In this series we’ll look at several of these parables to see what we can learn. But wait – when Jesus finished these parables he asked his disciples if they understood what he was saying. Understanding doesn’t mean getting the point – it means being exercised by it. May these pointed stories of the kingdom change our hearts and our lives as we hear them!

 

Sunday, April 8th                 “Can you tell the difference?”               Matthew 13:24-30 (36-42)          Carl Nash
Sunday, April 15th               “Planted or Rising”                                   Matthew 13:31-33                          Donna Moss
Sunday, April 22nd             “The Treasure Hunt”                                Matthew 13:44-46                         Paul Lewis

Sunday, April 29th              "This is Our Time"                                     Matthew 13:47-52                          Kevin Armstrong

 

April 8, 2018

Can you tell the Difference

Why did Jesus use parables? The kingdom exists in the midst of the world’s mess

and always will until the end. So what does that mean for us?

Reborn - A Series for Lent and Easter


During the Advent series we focusing on “making room” for Jesus as the King who has come. This was about embracing him and welcoming him into our lives as Lord and Saviour. During this current season of Lent, as we prepare ourselves for the meaningful celebration of Good Friday and Easter, we will be focusing on “making way” for Jesus as King. Making way for Jesus is about you and I letting Jesus be who He says He is in our lives; avoiding the tendency to re-imagine Jesus in our own image. It’s much easier to say “Jesus is Lord” than it is to allow Him to be Lord of our lives. Many of the things Jesus said to those who would follow him were challenging and even demanding. So this season, let’s turn our attention to some of these invitations from Jesus to make way for Him as Lord in our lives.


Sunday, March 11th                                        Make Way for the Cross                Matthew 8:18-22             Kevin Armstrong
Sunday, March 18th                                       The Jesus Yoke                                 Matthew 11:25-30           Bryan Karney
Sunday, March 25th (Palm Sunday)         A Faith that Walks on Water         Matthew 14:22-33           Dan Fortin

Sunday, April 1st (Easter Sunday)             "I'm with Him"                                   Matthew 10:26-39           Kevin Armstrong


March 11, 2018

Make Way for the Cross

March 25, 2018

A Faith that Walks on Water

March 18, 2018

The Jesus Yoke

April 1, 2018

I'm with Him


Previous Sermon Series

TRemember that the purpose of the Kingdom of God is to restore everything God has made to what He intended it to be. That one concept is behind pretty much everything that Jesus said and did while on earth. That includes what Jesus taught about how we look at ourselves, and even at God. Jesus challenged people’s underlying preconceptions about right and wrong with respect to how they viewed themselves and others, including their enemies! He also challenged their preconceptions about how they practiced their religion. Starting with what people thought was right (you have heard it said that …) Jesus turned their hearts and minds back in another direction (but I say to you …). It was enlightening and frustrating at the same time. As the disciples understood what Jesus was saying they often found it hard to believe! In this series we want to follow Jesus’ line of reasoning in matters of our sexual purity, personal security, authenticity and religiosity. What we think is right may turn out to be very wrong! And here’s the kicker – it’s not enough for us to know what is right from God’s perspective. The kingdom of heaven is comprised of those who not only know, but actually do the will of God in their lives (Matthew 7:21-23). So buckle your seat belts … there may be some bumpy road ahead for the next few weeks, but the destination will be worth it!

Jan. 28, 2018

Sexual Purity - Part 1

Feb. 11, 2018

Bit Coin Bust 

Feb. 25, 2018

Better Than I Am

Feb. 4, 2018

Sexual Purity - Part 2

Feb. 18, 2018

Love your Enemies


Ministry Theme 2017-18


Restore: Here as in Heaven

This year at Forest Brook we’re going to take a prolonged look at this Kingdom Jesus talked about. Using the gospel of Matthew as our primary guide we want to let Jesus speak for Himself about the Kingdom He brought, and we will endeavour to listen. 


We desire three outcomes as a result of our study:

The first is that we hope for everyone at Forest Brook to come to understand just what the Kingdom of God is. It’s so much more than a doctrine of the church or some future reality that we are still waiting for. In fact, we believe that if you and I really understood what this Kingdom was, it would be like finding a treasure in a field and then running out to sell everything you have to raise enough money to buy that field (Matthew 13:44). It’s worth that much!

The second outcome we desire is to see everyone at Forest Brook come to the place where they identify themselves with this Kingdom. To see themselves as part of it. But don’t think that will be easy. For that to happen you have to be reborn (John 3:3). And living in this Kingdom is very different from living in this world. The ethics are different. The values are different and extremely challenging. Living in a restored state means being willing to change a lot of things about ourselves in order to come in line with the citizenship of heaven. And living in this Kingdom will be the most important thing in our life – eclipsing everything else. It will become the thing we want most of all out of life (Matthew 6:33). 

Thirdly, we believe that, if we see success in #1 and #2, it will change the way every Forest Brooker relates to the world around us. You can’t be part of this Kingdom of God and look at the world the same way ever again. You realize that there really is a difference between light and darkness. You’ll understand the incredible emancipation from slavery that this Kingdom offers. And you’ll yearn to see every person, every institution, and even the earth itself, healed and restored by this Kingdom, just as you have been. You’ll realize that every place you’re blessed to put your foot is a place where you are meant to proclaim this Kingdom to anybody who will listen (Ephesians 6:15). Every act of service you undertake, every effort to make the world a better place or to touch the life of another, will be married to this message – the Kingdom is here (Matthew 10:7-8). 

Lofty goals, perhaps. But these are the goals of the Kingdom of heaven. It is the reality of God’s restoring grace and power, working in and through you and me to change the world. It’s a worthy cause, won’t you agree? Let’s begin …